The Book Worm: Review: Runaway Groom

Monday, February 5, 2018

Review: Runaway Groom

Book Review: Runaway Groom, by Lauren Layne, 5 stars

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Gage Barrett’s reputation as a ladies’ man has been greatly exaggerated, but none of that matters after a drunken bet lands him on Jilted, a reality TV show that matches runaway grooms with wannabe brides. Now he’s stuck at a Hawaiian resort with nineteen women competing to drag him back to the altar—and one contestant who’s even more miserable than he is. Gage has no idea how feisty, independent Ellie Wright wound up in the cast, but it’s obvious she hates his guts. And if there’s one thing Gage likes, it’s a challenge...
Ellie can’t believe she let her best friend talk her into exchanging her dignity for a glorified bikini contest. Still, she could use the exposure—her business is struggling—and she’ll probably be one of the first to get eliminated anyway. But Gage isn’t the shallow jerk Ellie anticipated—and he’s in no rush to send her home. As stolen kisses turn into secret trysts, she finds herself losing track of what’s real and what’s for the camera. With the wedding finale looming, this runaway groom is tempting Ellie to start believing in storybook endings.

Genre: contemporary romance

Publication date: January 2018

Mature content: yes

Review: Ever since I read Ready to Run (book one in the I do, I don't) I'd been anxiously waiting for the next installment in the series. and I have to say that I was not disappointed. Runaway Groom is even better than the previous one (each novel can be read stand alone) and I'm seriously thinking it may be my favorite book by Lauren Layne ever.

Gage is a dream come true and secretly we all would love to have one of those in our lives. Ellie is just as perfect as the I-don't-want-to be-here-but-I-can´t-help-it contestant. The dialogs between them are sweet and hilarious at the same time and their chemistry is off the charts.  And the reality show crew and cast? They are a total riot and page in page out you will not be able to contain your laughter.


I especially loved the suspense at the end, because while I obviously could guess there would be a happily ever after, I had no idea how Gage and Ellie would get there. Having to read about all the show's episodes was both funny and never racking and at that point it was impossible for me to put the book down.

Actually, ever since I finished reading it I found myself reaching for it again to re-read some of the best scenes. This one's a keeper and I totally recommend it!

Happy readings, 

the book worm, book blog


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